Infiniti’s new flagship M saloon, which arrives in the UK next September, will be followed on sale in 2011 by the Infiniti M35 hybrid.
The M35 uses two clutches, one for the drivetrain and one to disconnect the engine from the motor, in the same style as the Cayenne hybrid.
Infiniti's seven-speed gearbox doesn't use a torque convertor, though, as they claim it is more responsive this way - it is the only executive class hybrid to work in this way.
The hybrid powertrain won't be used in any other car until the next generation FX is launched.
The Infiniti M - on sale this year - will be sold in V6 petrol and diesel forms.
Infiniti — Nissan’s luxury division — is pitching the M as a direct rival to the BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-class but won’t release any pricing information until nearer to the car’s launch.
Like the other cars in the Infiniti range, the M is based on the company’s rear-drive FM (front-midship) platform, which places the engine behind the line of the front axle. The car uses double wishbone suspension at the front and a multi-link rear axle and it has speed-sensitive power steering.